The GIFT OF THANKS

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byMargaret Visser

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In The Gift of Thanks, Margaret visser continues her exploration of the cultural implications of common objects and ordinary behaviour. The simple habit of saying “thank you,” and indeed the entire notion of gratitude itself, becomes a key to understanding many of the basic assumptions, preferences and needs underlying Western culture. Taking into consideration cultural history; questions of politics and rights; questions of ideas of freedom and equality; and questions of the newly awakened scientific interest in the emotions, visser specifically addresses the questions: What does “gratitude” actually mean? Where did the notion come from (many languages have no specific word for it)? What is its history? And why is our society so invested in its operations?

Like all of Visser’s celebrated work, The Gift of Thanks is a fascinating look at our everyday behaviour—from to tipping a waiter after a meal to wrapping a present for a friend.

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In The Gift of Thanks, Margaret visser continues her exploration of the cultural implications of common objects and ordinary behaviour. The simple habit of saying “thank you,” and indeed the entire notion of gratitude itself, becomes a key to understanding many of the basic assumptions, preferences and needs underlying Western culture....

MARGARET VISSER is an award-winning author and essayist. Her previous five books, all bestsellers, have met with international acclaim.Much Depends on Dinnerwon the Glenfiddich Prize for Food Book of the Year and was named one of the best books of the year byPublishers WeeklyandThe New York Times.The Rituals of Dinnerwon the IACP Liter...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.13 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006394906

ISBN - 13:9780006394907

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?The Gift of Thanks is one of those uncommon books that not only tells you things you always wanted to know and convinces you that they are true, but also makes you want to begin to change your life.?
? THE GLOBE AND MAIL ()